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Chicago mayor's race
March 18, 2019
Election aside, Chicago Teachers Union talks strike on two fronts
As teachers at a contract school threatened a walkout last week, the Chicago Teachers Union urged members at district-run schools to save money for a potential strike.
March 13, 2019
What to do with vacant Chicago schools? Lightfoot suggests mini-police academies for some
The mayoral candidate suggested that some of the vacant campuses shuttered during 2013’s contentious mass closings could be reborn as police training facilities.
March 8, 2019
Between barbs, Chicago mayoral hopefuls Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot talk schools in first televised runoff debate
Each candidate pledged to steer more resources and attention to the city’s neighborhood schools and declined to give specifics on union negotiations.
March 5, 2019
Looking at low voter turnout, some Chicago youth wonder if civics and outreach would help
When Lucas Vogel made 18 in December, he knew that he still couldn’t drink, and that he didn’t want to join the military…
March 5, 2019
Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot still undecided about schools chief Janice Jackson
A few days after mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle said she would retain Chicago’s schools chief if elected, opponent Lori Lightfoot said she prefers…
February 27, 2019
Janice Jackson supporters stump for Chicago schools chief as changes loom at City Hall
One day after a historic election propelled two black women into a runoff for Chicago mayor, the civic…
Updated February 26, 2019
Chicago enters historic mayoral runoff between Lori Lightfoot and teachers union candidate Toni Preckwinkle
Chicago’s crowded mayor’s race is headed toward a runoff. Early returns show that former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot will face Cook County Board President…
February 25, 2019
Here’s how some of the biggest forces in the education world are spending money in Chicago’s mayoral race
Chicago mayoral candidates have raked in millions of dollars in campaign contributions from various players inside and around the world of education.
February 22, 2019
How four Chicago educators mine a competitive and historic election for the classroom
From mock elections to polling marches, educators shared ways they use election season to teach.
February 13, 2019
In Chicago’s crowded mayor race, Toni Preckwinkle defends record on approving charter schools
In the first six seconds of Toni Preckwinkle’s latest campaign commercial, scenes flash of the mayoral hopeful as an alderman in City…
Race for mayor
February 11, 2019
How to help Chicago’s younger learners? Mayoral frontrunners skip a chance to say.
Chicago is in the first year of a four-year universal pre-kindergarten rollout, and the city’s next mayor will determine much of the fate of the program.
February 7, 2019
Mayoral candidate commercials tackle education as election draws near
As mayoral candidates ramp up ad spending and flood the airways with commercials, education has been a common theme in their televised pitches to lead the city.
February 4, 2019
Here’s who Chicago mayoral candidates tap for education policy advice
Some listed insiders from politics and education, while others named scholars, family and friends — or themselves.
January 30, 2019
Chicagoans care about schools more than corruption, according to new poll
School quality was nearly neck and neck with “Chicago’s financial crisis,” and only 8 percentage points behind the biggest concern, crime.
Comparing the candidates
January 30, 2019
From prenatal care to vocational education, Chicago’s mayoral candidates differ on how they’d improve outcomes for students of color
The city’s next leader must confront the critical question of how to boost student performance and narrow the racial achievement gap.
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